Bad news has arrived from Afghanistan.
According to new reports, an American soldier was killed in action on Saturday in Afghanistan.
The name of the brave soldier has not yet been released, pending his or her family being notified of the death.
17-Year Long War
America has now been involved in the Afghanistan war for 17 years.
During that time, roughly 2,400 Americans have lost their lives.
This death is the ninth American killed this year.
While the death tolls are far less than other conflicts, it does not make it any easier for the families and Americans in general when one of our own is killed.
Who’s Winning the War?
When George W. Bush entered America into this conflict, nobody ever pictured the United States still being there almost two decades later.
While Americans want our soldiers out of that conflict, most also realize that cannot be done until the Taliban has been defeated.
That, apparently, is not what is taking place right now.
Last year, military leaders called it a stalemate, which is exactly how it is being described now.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, stated, “They are not losing right now, I think that is fair to say.”
“We used the term stalemate a year ago and, relatively speaking, it is has not changed much,” he continued.
Since 2015, it is estimated Afghanistan has lost more than 28,000 soldiers and police officers.
During that same span, almost six dozen Americans have lost their lives.
While nobody has claimed responsibility for another recent attack, more than two dozen soldiers were killed in yet another attack against the Afghan army on Friday.
According to reports, the soldiers were getting ready for prayer when the Taliban-suspected bombing occurred.
This conflict has been a sore spot for President Trump as he desperately wants to have our troops pulled from the area, but that does not appear to be happening anytime soon.